Grant Opportunities

USDA Rural Development

Those programs listed below without deadlines listed accept grants on an ongoing basis until 2010 funds are expended.

Community Facilities Program to provide essential community facilities for rural communities with populations of 20,000 or less. Funding comes in the form of loan, loan guarantee, or grant to build facilities and purchase equipment for fire and rescue, early warning systems, police stations, healthy clinics, schools, libraries, hospitals, etc.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Program through Rural Development has funding available, awarded on an ongoing basis, for community facilities owned and operated by nonprofit groups, public bodies and federally recognized tribes. Facilities such as hoop houses, community gardens, food processing and distribution centers, community kitchen equipment and similar types of resources will qualify for this program.
 

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

Those programs listed below without deadlines listed accept grants on an ongoing basis until 2010 funds are expended.

Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program provides funding for investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for private or public redevelopment. Cities, port authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities, economic development authorities, or counties are eligible. Both publicly- and privately-owned sites with known or suspected soil or groundwater contamination qualify for this program. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1 of each year.

The Redevelopment Grant Program offers grants to assist development authorities with costs for redeveloping blighted industrial, residential, or commercial sites where a past use and the need to recycle the land for a more-productive use exist. Eligible applicants are development authorities including cities, counties, port authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities, and economic development authorities. Next application deadline is______________.

Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program provides funding in Greater Minnesota to build infrastructure improvements that use Minnesota biomass energy products to conserve energy and reduce reliance on electricity, oil and natural gas. The program also provides funding to stimulate economic development by assisting local units of government to provide infrastructure required in the creation or retention of high quality jobs with a focus on industrial, manufacturing and technology related industries and to keep or enhance jobs in a specific location while increasing a city's tax base. Eligible applicants are statutory or home rule cities outside of the seven-county metropolitan area. Eligible projects include publicly owned infrastructure that supports economic development projects, including wastewater collection and treatment, drinking water, storm sewers, utility extensions, and streets. Economic development projects include manufacturing, technology, warehousing and distribution, research and development, agricultural processing, and industrial park development. Retail developments and office space development other than incidental office space are not eligible for this grant. A city may receive no more than $1,000,000 in two years for one or more projects.

The Minnesota Investment Fund provides grants to help add new workers and retain high-quality jobs on a statewide basis. The focus is on industrial, manufacturing, and technology-related industries. Grants are awarded to local units of government who provide loans to assist expanding businesses. Cities, counties, townships and recognized Indian tribal governments are eligible for this fund. There is a maximum of $500,000 per grant. Only one grant per state fiscal year may be awarded to a government unit. At least 50 percent of total project costs must be privately financed through owner equity and other lending sources (most applications selected for funding have at least 70 percent private financing).

The Special Incumbent Worker Training Program, which is a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Program, is intended to expand opportunities for businesses and workers to gain new skills that are in demand in the Minnesota economy. Special Incumbent Worker Training Program grants-in-aid may be awarded to state or local government units (including state universities and MnSCU institutions), non-profit organizations, community action agencies, business organizations or associations, or labor organizations.

Bioscience Business Development Public Infrastructure Program focuses on job creation and retention through the growth of new bioscience businesses and organizations. The program provides grants to local governmental units on a competitive basis statewide for up to 50 percent of the capital cost of the public infrastructure necessary to expand or retain jobs.

Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Program focuses on job creation and retention through the growth of new innovative businesses and organizations. The program provides grants to local governmental units on a competitive basis statewide for up to 50 percent of the capital cost of the public infrastructure necessary to expand or retain jobs. Local governmental units are eligible to apply for a grant. Projects must be of publicly owned infrastructure related to a development project, including projects that target manufacturing, technology, warehousing and distribution; research and development; innovative business incubator; agricultural processing; or industrial, office, or research park development that would be used by an innovative business. Funds from this program can also be used for land acquisition and preparation, telecommunications, bridges, parking ramps, demolition, hazard remediation, pre-design, construction, equipment and furnishings.

Total Maximum Daily Load grant Program provides grants to units of local government to assist with the cost of wastewater treatment or storm water projects necessary to meet waste load reduction requirements under TMDL implementation plans prepared and approved under the federal Clean Water Act. Administered by the Public Facilities Authority, the TMDL grant program provides grants for 50 percent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $3,000,000.Projects and eligible as-bid costs must be certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prior to grant award. Grants are awarded based on the estimated cost in the application or the as-bid cost, whichever is less.

Phosphorus Reduction Grant program provides grants to units of local government for the capital costs of wastewater treatment projects or portions thereof that will reduce the total discharge of phosphorus from the facility to one milligram per liter or less. Administered by the Public Facilities Authority, the program provides grants for 75 percent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $500,000. The grant percentage drops to 50 percent in fiscal year 2011. Projects and the eligible as-bid costs must be certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency prior to grant award. Grants are awarded based on the estimated cost in the application or the as-bid cost, whichever is less.
 

MN Department of Health

Community Clinics Grant Program provides funding to plan, establish or operate services to improve the ongoing viability of Minnesota�s clinic-based safety net providers. Grants support clinical capacity to serve people with low incomes, reduce current or future uncompensated care burdens, or improve care delivery infrastructure. The level of funding for the community clinic grant program will be approximately $561,000 for fiscal year 2010. An eligible community clinic means a nonprofit clinic, government entity, Indian tribal government or Indian health service unit; or a consortium of these entities. Applicants must also use a sliding fee scale or other procedure to determine eligibility for charity care or to ensure that no person will be denied services because of inability to pay.

Pre-applications are due October 1 2010, final applications due January 7.

Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant Program helps small rural hospitals preserve access or respond to changing conditions. Hospitals have used transition grants to prepare strategic plans, implement new uses for hospital space and develop community services. Approximately $300,000 is available each year and the maximum grant amount is $50,000. New applications are expected to be available July 23, 2010, with a deadline of September 17, 2010.

Summer Health Care Intern Program brings students and health care employers together, giving students experience in a health care environment and employers the opportunity to become more involved in their community. Participating hospitals, medical clinics, nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living residences and physicians employ students for six to 12 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day for at least minimum wage. Applications due September 2010.
 

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant Program provides funding for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Mid-size and large grants will not be available for the rest of 2010 or Spring 2011. Small Grants and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are awarded monthly. Upcoming deadlines are: May 28, 2010, June 25, 2010, July 30, 2010, and August 27, 2010. Eligible applicants include: nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, government units, tribes and educational organizations. Private property owners and for-profit organizations may not apply directly but may receive funds by collaborating with a sponsoring, eligible applicant on an eligible project. Both parties must have a vested and active interest in the project. Grant funds may not be used to substitute for traditional funding sources. That is, they may not be used for administrative expenses unrelated to the project, general operating costs, or maintenance expenses.

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program will distribute approximately $850,000 in matching grants for the fall grant round to county and local jurisdictions for historic preservation projects of a capital nature. Grant awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000. Pre-applications are required and priority is given to properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have been determined eligible for listing. Pre-applications are due August 27, 2010, final applications October 1, 2010; the Grants Review Committee will meet on November 9, 2010. Eligibility requirements and application materials are available on the MHS website.
 

Grants for MN School Districts

The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are partnering with the Minnesota Environmental Initiative�s Project Green Fleet to improve the environmental standards of older buses. Project Green Fleet provides and installs air quality retrofit equipment, normally valued at $1,500-2,000, at no cost to fleets or districts. Your school district can clean up its buses for free! Children will breathe easier and your local air quality will be improved, all with no impact on the performance of the buses. Learn more at and take action at http://greenfleet.mncerts.org.